Brought up in the Bronx, NY, Rick picked up his first instrument – an accordion – and learned how to read music at the age of 14. What followed was a spectacular career he never could have imagined that had him performing with some of the greatest luminaries the music industry has ever known.
Rick’s first “big gig” was singing with The Crystals from 1958-59 – and at the time, he also had the privilege of collaborating with Dion and The Belmonts. In 1965, his new band Creations began playing regularly at the Copacabana in New York City. Rick lit up the Copa lounge seven nights a week, right beside Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darrin, The Four Tops, Tom Jones, and more – often joining them in duets. In the late 60’s, Creations left the Copacabana and became one of the first acts to ever be signed by the prestigious Norby Walters Agency.
In the 70’s, Rick took his passion and talent for music, legendary experiences, the unshakable work he has had since childhood, and his uncanny ability to foresee the next trend and strove to redefine the “event entertainment business” – nurturing and demanding the same levels of artistry as the most recognized musicians in the world.
With his extraordinary knack for spotting and cultivating raw talent, Rick has turned Creations from one of the most sought after bands in New York to an ever-growing family of international talent that dazzles at private and corporate celebrations alike – and a leading resource for music and event production of every kind.
This dedicated “talent guru” is well known in the industry as a director who understands the capabilities of young musicians before they even do, and steers them in the right direction with confidence. His bands and performances are carefully crafted from musicians that share the dedication, loyalty, professionalism, perfectionism and sublime musicianship that Rick himself commands.
Rick is the proud husband of over 30 years to Kepi Sozzi, and a beloved father and grandfather – and mentor to countless lucky musicians who have crossed his path.